dickey


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dick·ey

also dick·ie or dick·y  (dĭk′ē)
n. pl. dick·eys also dick·ies
1.
a. A woman's blouse front worn under a suit jacket or low-necked garment.
b. A man's detachable shirt front.
c. A collar for a shirt.
d. A child's bib or pinafore.
2. Chiefly British
a. The driver's seat on a carriage.
b. A rear seat for servants on a carriage.

[ From diminutive of Dick, nickname for Richard.]

dick•ey1

or dick•y

(ˈdɪk i)

n., pl. dick•eys or dick•ies.
1. a garment that resembles the front or collar of a shirt and is worn as a separate piece under a jacket, dress, or the like. Compare vest (def. 2), vestee.
2. a small bird.
3. a donkey, esp. a male.
4. an outside seat on a carriage.
[1745–55; generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name]

dick•ey2

(ˈdɪk i)

adj. Chiefly Brit. Informal.
functioning poorly; faulty: a dickey engine.
[1805–15; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dickey - a small third seat in the back of an old-fashioned two-seaterdickey - a small third seat in the back of an old-fashioned two-seater
backseat - a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile)
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.dickey - a man's detachable insert (usually starched) to simulate the front of a shirt
insert, inset - an artifact that is inserted or is to be inserted
shirt - a garment worn on the upper half of the body
Adj.1.dickey - (British informal) faulty; "I've got this dicky heart"- John le Carre
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
impaired - diminished in strength, quality, or utility; "impaired eyesight"
Translations

dickey

[ˈdɪkɪ]
A. N
1. (= shirt front) → pechera f postiza
2. (Brit) (also dickey bow) → pajarita f (Sp), corbata f de moño (LAm)
3. (Brit) (also dickey seat) → spider m
B. CPD dickey bird N (baby talk) → pajarito m
I won't say a dickey birdno diré ni pío

dickey

, dicky
n
(inf, on shirt) → Hemdbrust f; (= bow tie)Fliege f
(also dickey seat)Notsitz m (in einem Zweisitzer)
References in classic literature ?
To purchasing bran new paper shirt collar or dickey, to set off gray Petersham.
The item chiefly disputed in this bill was the very moderate charge of two pennies for the dickey.
Three outside places were vacant; one behind the coachman; two on the dickey.
It was within a week of the close of the month of July, that a hackney cabriolet, number unrecorded, was seen to proceed at a rapid pace up Goswell Street; three people were squeezed into it besides the driver, who sat in his own particular little dickey at the side; over the apron were hung two shawls, belonging to two small vixenish-looking ladies under the apron; between whom, compressed into a very small compass, was stowed away, a gentleman of heavy and subdued demeanour, who, whenever he ventured to make an observation, was snapped up short by one of the vixenish ladies before-mentioned.
It was a top legislative priority for the state GOP, and Dickey brought a message tailored for the Republicans on the House panel considering it: Don't forget the platform.
Dickey Chapelle fought to be taken seriously as a war correspondent and broke down gender barriers for future generations of female journalists.
And this Complete Poems of James Dickey book, edited by Ward Bigs, goes further than most.
James Dickey used writing to express himself as a metaphysical and mythological poet.
The West Coast has really responded well to our concept," said Roland Dickey, Jr.
Dickey has teamed with Bombay Teen Challenge (BTC), a Christian organization in Mumbai to stop sex trafficking in India.
Dickey says he's looking forward to calling himself a Canadian for six months a year.
Dickey voiced his displeasure over contract negotiations during the team's Christmas party, rumors are swirling that the knuckleballer may soon be on his way out of New York.